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April 24th, 2019 A 25-week-old unborn Johannesburg baby has become the first foetus in Africa to receive anaesthetic and undergo ground-breaking “keyhole” surgery to the spine. The four-hour procedure, which involved removing the womb and resting it on the...

April 17th, 2019 Frustrated by the pressure that injuries and casualties caused by gang-related violence placed on the treatment of ordinary ailments, a former public health nurse took her pension fund money and opened her own primary healthcare clinic in the...

March 13th, 2019 Tributes have poured in for gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr Monty Brink, who died while participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday. News24 reports that his former patients described him as a caring and kind doctor who went the extra...

March 6th, 2019 A baby boy, thought to be the smallest ever to survive, weighing 268g at birth, has finally been sent home from hospital. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph the baby boy from Japan weighed just 268g when he was born 16 weeks early last...

February 27th, 2019 A surgeon used a pocket knife and a basting needle to perform emergency surgery that saved the life of a road accident victim, reports The Times. Dr Wimpie Odendaal was in Port Elizabeth on holiday and was the first to arrive on the scene of an...

February 6th, 2019 The man who discovered painkiller ibuprofen worked when he cured his own hangover has died aged 95. BBC News reports that Dr Stewart Adams was involved in 10 years of trials of the drug and endured a seven-year wait for it to be approved as a...

January 23rd, 2019 South Africa has lost a prominent doctor, activist and scientist, who campaigned against quackery and for better health regulations. News24 reports that Professor Roy Jobson has died at the age of 63. He experienced difficulty with breathing and...

January 16th, 2019 Dr Nkele Lesia's appointment as the new CEO of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has been welcomed by veteran health observer Jack Bloom – who hopes she tackles its deep-rooted problems head on. "This appointment is long overdue as the hospital has...

January 16th, 2019 Tributes have been paid to one of the world's leading oncologists, who has died at the age of 67, reports BBC News. Martin Gore was a professor at the Institute of Cancer Research and also worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital. The cause of his...
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